By Bulawayo Correspondent
THE City of Bulawayo has, with immediate effect, banned the sell of second hand clothes in the city as part of a raft of measures put by the local authority to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The city has also limited the number of mourners to gather at a cemetery to a maximum to 30 per funeral while the back-filling of graves will now only be done by municipal grave diggers.
Addressing journalists in Bulawayo Thursday, Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni said following the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic and that of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as a national disaster, city councillors met this week and came up with a cocktail of preventive measures that have to be implemented with immediate effect.
“The Bulawayo City Council has come up with the following preventive measures with immediate effect: Suspension of weekend flea markets (Khothama) with immediate effect,” he said.
“The city recognises that while the weekend flea markets provide a source of revenue for the city’s informal traders, they also congregate in large numbers increasing the vulnerability of residents in spreading coronavirus to Bulawayo.”
Bulawayo has not recorded a single case of the deadly coronavirus infection.
“The city has made a decision to limit the number of mourners at a cemetery to a maximum of 30 per family. The backfilling of graves will now be done by municipal staff and not members of the public,” announced Mguni.
The mayor also said his council was working with informal traders for a reduction of vending stalls at the markets such as 5th Avenue in line with the social distancing recommendations of at least one metre apart.
Mguni said the city would engage the transport sector to reduce its fleet of public vehicles, the number of passengers a vehicle carries and also provide sanitation needs in all vehicles.
“Bulawayo City Council will be scaling up health and hygiene education programmes to all stakeholders which include informal traders, travellers, shop operators and transporters,” added Mguni.